Geocaching 101

New to Geocaching? It’s a treasure hunt that the entire family can participate in – and a way to explore the area you’re in using a gps unit – or your cell phone or tablet with the geocaching app. The intro video from the app is posted below. This website explains the “how to get started”. Then you can log on to the Geocaching.com site for geocache locations wherever you are in the world! Great outdoor family fun! A couple of our reported Elusive Wanakena Ganalupe sighting happen to coincide with local geocaches, so a double hunt is on!

GPS, ONLINE OR PREMIUM GEOCACHING APP FOR APPLE:

These are your first few local geocaches if using a GPS unit – distances are starting from Pine Cone Grill (see first pic below) – BUT REMEMBER, distances are as a crow flies, so the challenge is to locate the best route to your target 😄 Using a mobile phone or Ipad? Even easier after you download the Geocaching.com app! (see pics 2 & 3 below). With the app, you just hit ‘Start’! Get out and explore our beautiful area!

OFFLINE WITH FREE TOPO APP (Apple)

If attempting to Geocache OFFLINE, prepare by downloading the Topo App seen below, save your map area for offline use, and then click on my link below for the local waypoints. Or go to Geocaching.com’s Wanakena/ Cranberry Lake waypoints https://wanakenapinecone.wordpress.com/geocaching-101/ for a huge, complete list with difficulty ratings, comments etc. ‘Save to GPX’ file will ask if you want to save the point in your new Topo App – and then SO easy to use!

Wanakena Area Waypoints:

https://topomaps.back4app.io/share?shareId=fnla8aiVQW

ANDROID:

Instead of the Topo App, download Waypoints into Google Earth App. The waypoints will download with location coordinates, but you will lose the title and hints. OR purchase the Premium version at Geocaching.com for the easiest use. Another that I haven’t tried is c:Geo, a free version as well. You can also manually enter coordinates into Google Maps, and download for offline use. This is a pretty labor-intensive route if you plan on doing many hunts.

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